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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Wili dedicates himself to studying what topic?
2. Why does Avery refuse Della's suggestion for a response to the disturbance at the road block?
3. How many people does Della estimate would have been killed had her attack on the pass been successful?
4. What does Wili reveal about the nature of bobbles?
5. What does Jill urge Wili to do as the embobbling program nears completion?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Wili's assessment of the situation with Mike and Della?
2. Why does Wili embobble the tenement building during the hottest part of the day?
3. Why does Avery believe the Tinkers should be wiped out?
4. What important bobbles does Paul say are due to collapse soon?
5. What is Renaissance?
6. Why does Mike decide to embobble himself?
7. How does Mike betray Della?
8. How does Wili predict where the embobbled tenement building will go?
9. Why does Wili lose contact with Jill during the final approach to the embobbling position?
10. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Paul recognizes quickly that Wili has a deep love of knowledge, a trait that connects them, and which allows Wili's capabilities to grow rapidly under Paul's tutelage. This passion is a critical element of the story and plays an important role in the denouement.
1) Explain how Paul recognizes Wili's love for knowledge, and why this trait interests him.
2) Discuss the impact of this trait on Wili's development and studies; explain how it positions him to take over for Paul later in the novel.
3) Describe some of the other characters and groups who share this trait, and discuss how they are presented in the novel. Is a love of knowledge presented as a universal good, a mixed good, or in a neutral light?
4) Explain the importance some characters predict, near the end of the novel, that the love of knowledge will have.
Essay Topic 2
The events after the chess tournament and at the tenement house spark the final conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority, exacerbating a disagreement that could have smoldered for a long time or fizzled into nothing.
1) Explain the Authority's motivations for intervening at the chess tournament. What were their long and short term goals in this action, and what consequences did they anticipate or fail to anticipate?
2) Discuss Wili's insistence on aiding those trapped at the tenement house. Explain his plan to help them and why he is willing and able to follow through on this dangerous plan.
3) Describe how the events surrounding the chess tournament hostages escalate the conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority.
4) Cite evidence from the novel to explain how the plot may have progressed differently had either Wili or the Authority acted differently at either of these junctions.
Essay Topic 3
Paul is consumed by guilt and regrets, and despite his personal strength, he begins to succumb to the pressures of things he believes he is responsible for, and the ways in which he has failed those around him.
1) Discuss Paul's attitude towards the bobbles. Are his protests against them genuine, or are they reactions to other deep-seated feelings that he may be harboring?
2) Describe how and why Paul feels guilty about losing Allison, and how he reacts when she is freed from her bobble. How do these events weight on Paul?
3) Explain Paul's decline as a leader and explain how it is related to the stresses he experiences from his guilts and regrets.
This section contains 962 words
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